Final Evaluation_PIMS 4883 Harmonization of information management for improved knowledge and monitoring of the global environment in Georgia (CCCD in Georgia)

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
12,000

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Title Final Evaluation_PIMS 4883 Harmonization of information management for improved knowledge and monitoring of the global environment in Georgia (CCCD in Georgia)
Atlas Project Number: 82289
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
Evaluation Budget(US $): 12,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 18,300
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Kate Skhireli Local consultant kateskhireli@gmail.com GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Jean-Joseph Bellamy Team Leader jj@bellamy.net
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: PIMS 4883 Harmonization of information management for improved knowledge and monitoring of the global environment in Georgia (CCCD in Georgia)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4883
PIMS Number: 4883
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection; LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre
Countries: GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

In order to help with the exit of the project, it is recommended to formulate a roadmap as a guide for the way forward after the end of the project. This roadmap should particularly focus on the critical milestones to be met in the future and also the necessary steps for keeping the priority on the government agenda

2

Not all environmental areas have been covered by the project; due mostly to its limited resources and time. It is recommended as part of the roadmap recommended above to insert a brief review to document which environmental areas can now be monitored and the information to be uploaded in the system; AND which areas are not included such as some sub-areas to measure/monitor soil quality and water quality

3

Related to the project, land degradation is an area that is poorly monitored in Georgia including soil conservation and soil quality. Good progress was made under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring. There are needs to expand what was started under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring in Georgia, including the consolidation of achievements of this project such as capacities of data producers/collectors, capacities to analyze and visualize environmental information, etc. It is recommended to develop a project concept focusing on land degradation and soil conservation, including a component on monitoring this area in relation to UNCCCD reporting obligations.

4

Considering that Georgia is now equipped with instruments to better monitor the environment and share this information. It is recommended that all funded activities to prepare convention reports use the web-based environmental information platform. It includes the GEF funding for enabling activities and funding from other donors to prepare convention reports in the biodiversity and land degradation areas as well as the National Communications, the Biennial Update Reports (BURs), and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) report to UNFCCC. The use of the system will reinforce/demonstrate the usefulness and consolidate/validate the system.

1. Recommendation:

In order to help with the exit of the project, it is recommended to formulate a roadmap as a guide for the way forward after the end of the project. This roadmap should particularly focus on the critical milestones to be met in the future and also the necessary steps for keeping the priority on the government agenda

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare roadmap for the expansion of the system intended for more enhanced monitoring of the environmental trends
[Added: 2019/02/05]
PMU 2019/07 Not Initiated The project will work closely with the Environmental Information and Education Centre of MEPA to ensure the preparation of the realistic roadmap that would be tailored to the national needs.
2. Recommendation:

Not all environmental areas have been covered by the project; due mostly to its limited resources and time. It is recommended as part of the roadmap recommended above to insert a brief review to document which environmental areas can now be monitored and the information to be uploaded in the system; AND which areas are not included such as some sub-areas to measure/monitor soil quality and water quality

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare introductory section in the roadmap depicting environmental areas covered by the system; this review will also include areas/sub-areas that are not covered by the system though need to be monitored/measured
[Added: 2019/02/05]
PMU 2019/07 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Related to the project, land degradation is an area that is poorly monitored in Georgia including soil conservation and soil quality. Good progress was made under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring. There are needs to expand what was started under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring in Georgia, including the consolidation of achievements of this project such as capacities of data producers/collectors, capacities to analyze and visualize environmental information, etc. It is recommended to develop a project concept focusing on land degradation and soil conservation, including a component on monitoring this area in relation to UNCCCD reporting obligations.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare project concept outline on land degradation and soil conservation based on the existing needs.
[Added: 2019/02/05]
PMU UNDP CO 2019/07 Not Initiated The outline of the project will be prepared before the end of the project in consultations with the Environment and Climate Change Department of MEPA and proposed to the government. The initial feedback is positive and moreover, MEPA noted its strong interest to address issues of land degradation. In case of endorsement by the Government, UNDP CO will continue with related advocacy and facilitation of resource mobilization for the proposed project.
4. Recommendation:

Considering that Georgia is now equipped with instruments to better monitor the environment and share this information. It is recommended that all funded activities to prepare convention reports use the web-based environmental information platform. It includes the GEF funding for enabling activities and funding from other donors to prepare convention reports in the biodiversity and land degradation areas as well as the National Communications, the Biennial Update Reports (BURs), and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) report to UNFCCC. The use of the system will reinforce/demonstrate the usefulness and consolidate/validate the system.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. Organize series of consultation/advocacy meetings with relevant Convection Focal Points and supervising Deputy Minister of MEPA; b. provide necessary facilitation / advocacy support to the MEPA to ensure usage of the system for preparing reports to conventions.
[Added: 2019/02/05]
UNDP CO 2019/07 Not Initiated Project will organize number of meetings to achieve commitment of the MEPA to actively use the system for the reporting purposes to the Rio conventions’ secretariats. In overall Government is responsible for further advancing the system through MEPA. The necessity of lobbing intensive application of existing system was emphasized at the final Project Executive Board meeting by the PEB members and having respective meetings was proposed.

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